14-year-old car accident victim who sustained fatal injuries identified as Dana Jean Morofski of Fallbrook

UPDATE: The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office has released the identity of the 14-year-old girl that sustained fatal injuries in the four-vehicle accident that occurred Thurs., April 17 on South Mission Road. She has been identified as Dana Jean Morofski of Fallbrook.

(former update)

*UPDATE: Medical Examiner says fatality in South Mission Rd. multi-vehicle accident was a 14-year-old Fallbrook girl

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office has reported that the young woman killed in a multi-vehicle car accident late yesterday afternoon, Thurs., April 17, on South Mission Road was “a 14-year-old Caucasian female who resided in Fallbrook.”

Officials have not released the identity of the girl yet.

The Medical Examiner went on to state that the girl was “the front seat passenger of a vehicle traveling northbound on S. Mission Road. The driver apparently lost control and swerved into the southbound lane, colliding with a pickup truck. 9-1-1 was called and officers responded to the location along with fire personnel. Upon arrival, paramedics confirmed her death due to obvious blunt force trauma.”

**Watch this site for more updates as information becomes available from authorities.**

(previous story, Fri., April 18, 8 a.m.)

UPDATE: One young woman dead, two men in life-threatening condition after multiple cars crash on South Mission Road

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

As the investigation continues into the fatal crash that occurred on Thursday afternoon, April 17, shortly after 4 p.m. on South Mission Road just north of Monserate, the California Highway Patrol has provided another update for Village News readers. Due to the nature of the crash and the injuries suffered by the individuals in the vehicles, it has been challenging for investigating officers to piece together the actual chain of events.

According to Officer Jim Bettancourt, the following is information that is deemed more accurate than previous assumptions:

“On April 17 at approximately 4:02 p.m., a 20-year-old male from Escondido was driving his 2000 Honda Civic northbound on South Mission Road near Via Monserate at an unknown speed. For unknown reasons, the driver veered to the left, crossed the double yellow line and collided into a 2005 Nissan Titan driven by a 61-year-old male from Fallbrook.”

“After that collision, the Honda slid sideways into the southbound lane and was broadsided on the passenger side by a 1993 Toyota Pickup driven by a 61-year-old male.”

“The passenger in the Honda, an unidentified female in her early teens was killed instantly. The driver suffered major life-threatening injuries and was transported via medical helicopter to Sharp Hospital in San Diego. The driver of the pickup that broadsided the Honda suffered neck and chest injuries and was transported to Palomar Hospital.”

“The Nissan Titan from the first collision lost control, crossed over the northbound lane and went up an embankment. The truck rolled over on top of a 2008 Toyota Tundra driven by a 27-year-old male from Fallbrook. Both drivers suffered moderate injuries and were transported to Palomar Hospital.”

South Mission Rd was closed in both directions for several hours for the investigation. It’s unknown if alcohol or drugs played a factor in this collision. It remains under investigation.”

(previous version of story)

One young woman dead, two men in life-threatening condition after multiple cars crash on South Mission

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

While information is still not complete, so far it is known that one person was killed, two are in life-threatening condition and two more are injured (non-life-threatening condition) as a result of what appears to be two vehicle crashes in the same area shortly after 4 p.m. today (Thurs., April 17) on South Mission Road, just north of Via Monserate in Fallbrook.

According to updates as they are coming in, the crashes involved a total of four vehicles with a combined number of five people traveling in them.

Since the crash scenes occurred on the South Mission grade between the north and south points of Heller’s Bend, it is likely that the second crash may have taken place due to a driver trying to avoid the first crash. (This will likely be clarified/confirmed by a forthcoming CHP report)

According to CHP Officer Jim Bettancourt, “An unidentified 20-year-old male was driving his 2000 Honda Civic (registered to a Fallbrook address, but driver’s license lists residence as Escondido) northbound on South Mission Road, near Via Monserate, at an unknown speed. For unknown reasons the driver lost control and swerved to the left, crossing the double yellow lines into the southbound lane.”

Bettancourt said the Honda was sideways in the southbound lane when it “was broadsided on the passenger side by a 1993 Toyota Pickup driven by a 61-year-old male.”

Bettancourt said the passenger in the Honda, a yet unidentified female in her teens or early 20s was “killed instantly; the driver suffered major, life-threatening injuries and was transported via medical helicopter to Sharp Hospital in San Diego. The driver of the pickup suffered neck and chest injuries (life-threatening) and was transported to Palomar Hospital.”

Bettancourt said a secondary collision “occurred when a 2005 Nissan Titan, driven by a 61-year-old male from Fallbrook was traveling southbound and swerved to avoid the first collision. The truck lost control, crossed over the,northbound lane, and went up an embankment. The truck rolled over on top of a 2008 Toyota Tundra driven by a 27-year-old male from Fallbrook.”

“Both drivers suffered moderate injuries and were transported to Palomar Hospital,” said Bettancourt.

According to both Bettancourt and John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire, the scene of the crashes was quite severe, with grave injuries and a large amount of debris on the roadway.

“It was very chaotic,” said Buchanan. “We had lots of bystanders in shock, debris and wreckage everywhere.” The elongated accident led to that portion of South Mission Road being closed and traffic diverted onto Heller’s Bend for approximately 2 1/2 hours.

According to Bettancourt, the crashes are still under investigation and the names of those involved are not being released at this time.

The identity of the young woman killed will most likely be released by the Medical Examiner’s Office after notification to family has occurred.

***Watch this site for updates as they become available.***

(earlier story)

ALERT: Major accident involving 5 vehicles causes blockage of South Mission Road; emergency air transport requested by responders

EARLY REPORT — At shortly after 4 p.m. today (Thurs., April 17), the California Highway Patrol and North County Fire responded to a major accident on South Mission Road at Via Monserate.

The incident reportedly involves 5 vehicles and early indicators are that one or more persons have sustained major injuries. Reports indicate that air medical transport has been ordered.

The incident is blocking South Mission Road in both directions at this time. Authorities posted at both north and south Heller Bend connectors are requesting that vehicles turn around.

***Watch this site for updates as they become available.***

85 Responses to "14-year-old car accident victim who sustained fatal injuries identified as Dana Jean Morofski of Fallbrook"

  1. Concearned   April 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Does anyone know of who was involved in the accident(s)? Fallbrook’s a small town and stuff like this always worries me

  2. Sad   April 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    1 fatality per NBC News San Diego.

  3. Fallbrook res.   April 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    My family is home. So sorry for the friends and family. I just cant say slow down enough.

  4. Sad Mommy   April 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    God Bless each of them.

  5. Lane lines changed today!   April 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    It is interesting that the intersection at the bottom of the grade (where Heller’s Bend comes into Mission) had it’s lane stripes changed today. This morning driving into town before 8 AM (returning before 9) the lanes were as they have been since I moved here in 2000. When I drove by this afternoon at 2:30 PM they were changed. Since this intersection can’t be more than 100 yards from Mission/Via Monserate, it makes me wonder if the new striping had anything to do with the accident.

    The planned stripes had been marked with light white dashes the past several weeks but today they were painted with the double yellow lines separating opposing traffic and the solid white line delineating the left turn lane from Northbound Mission onto Heller’s Bend.

    I live close enough to the intersection that my daughter and I heard the sirens responding to the accident. That we had driven past it just 40 minutes before gives me pause.

    My thoughts are with those involved and their families. Bless you all!

  6. updateplz   April 17, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Any updates on this one?

  7. Lee   April 18, 2014 at 8:52 am

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, are you mad? Are you mad at continually reading that our fellow mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, friends and loved ones, et al., are dying on our roads? Well, it’s time that we united and did something about it!

    I propose that ALL Fallbrook roads be 25MPH roads ALL the time. Why not? Makes perfect sense.

    "But, but, but Lee, I think that’s a bit too drastic."
    "Yeah Lee, I think that’s a bit over the top, don’t you think?"

    No, I most certainly do NOT! Aren’t ALL of our Fallbrook roads in . . . residential areas? Of course, they are. Aren’t there residences along South Mission Road? Aren’t there residences along East Mission Road? Aren’t there residences along Fallbrook Street? Aren’t there residences along Olive Hill Road? Aren’t there residences along Gird Road? Aren’t there residences along Stage Coach? And everybody’s "favorite", aren’t there residences along "Raceway" Reche Road?

    Of course, there are. And we all know it. If you object to this measure being too drastic, then what you are saying is that . . . you don’t care if it were to save YOUR life, too. Come on folks, let’s do the right thing and press County to change ALL of our roads to be 25MPH roads ALL the time to save lives!

    Thank you.

  8. S fallbrook resident   April 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

    For once I actually agree with lee… I am sick and tired of all the people speeding around. If the spped limit was changed to 25 people might slow down to 35-40 mph. …and for those of you that don’t pay attention, the speed limit changes from 50 to 35 mph on northbound south mission road right as you come into town… to many times people tailgate me and get all pissed off with me when I slow down there according to the law; and then they dangerously swerve to the other lane to continue speeding down the road. …and too many people on their cell phones distracted from driving properly.

    Other than agreeing with Lee on this point, most of what I read from him I do not agree with… but… free country (somewhat) and I believe in free speech.

  9. Draper   April 18, 2014 at 11:40 am

    This really Sucks, pray for this girls family.

    2000 Honda Civic + 20 year old male + two fast too furious movies=tragedy. Bet a paycheck that vehicle had a special pipe exhaust & a wing on the back.

  10. DR DR   April 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I am hoping this is not another ‘texting’ incident. Swerving into another lane for no apparent reason…and losing control – just January another car did the exact same thing and the passenger was killed, she ran into the tree, once the car was out of control – no other vehicles involved.

    The painted and draft lines had nothing to do with it when you see the brake marks.

    Utterly sad – I’m very sorry to the family and friends to all involved.

  11. Fallbrook Blues   April 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Maybe it’s time for a stop light at Hellers Bend? I remember the road before they put the curve at the end like how they also did at Old Stage, it does not seem to stop the speeding. I say put a light in!

  12. John   April 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Lee, how do you know speed was a factor in this accident?

  13. LMAO   April 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Lee you are ridiculous, I could mash through mission safely at speeds of 75+ and never once leave my lane. Its not the speed limits its the drivers.

  14. Kris   April 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    The car was all stock they were good friends of mine

  15. NO TEXTING   April 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm


  16. Fhs   April 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Kris, who are they? Does the young lady go to the high school? What about the male driver? A bunch of students are going nuts trying to figure out who was involved.

  17. Ashley   April 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I drive this road EVERY DAY going home, Traffic through that area is always pretty slow, I never make it over 35 mph in that stretch where the accident happened so unless news comes out that he was speeding, i think its just as likely a bee flew in the car or he wasnt paying attention.

  18. Kris   April 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Fhs – they are brother and sister – their dad is my best friend – not sure if she went to Fallbrook High or not – the son is in critical condition and don’t know if he will make it or not.

  19. @ 25 speed limit   April 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    People can die at 25 MPH also. It’s not the speed. This is simply a terrible accident.

  20. So sad..   April 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Prayers for this family and all of the families involved. What they must be going through right now. Lives forever changed in an instant. Hug your loved ones.

  21. Fallbrook res.   April 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I live East Mission area, and #13 yes so could I, but, there are small kids, old people, joggers, pets that could dart out at any moment. So, I hate to say it too…… I agree with LEE. 25 would stop all hitting of poles, hitting of trees, motorcycles going down on turns. I would hate always driving 25 also. But, it would keep the car behind me off my A** and save many lives. Where do I sign LEE? I with you on this one!!!

  22. Me   April 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    @Lee & @Fallbrook res.

    Why stop at 25mph? Let’s go to 10 mph limits…5 mph limits…..I know…. let’s just ban cars.

    You people are ridiculous. Wake up. People sometimes die in accidents. It happens. It’s sad..but you can’t stop it.

  23. Mike   April 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    For all of you people that say speed is not an issue on our Fallbrook roads, take a look at the fence on the east side of Mission by the accident spot. That happened around 1130pm last night. Or it may have been a low speed texting incident…SLOW DOWN PEOPLE! My family lives here!!

  24. Cindy   April 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Deeply saddened for all those involved in the crash and for their families.
    May they be surround by those who will love them and help them through this horrible tragedy which will be with them until they take their last breath. Life and good health are a precious gift which can be snatched away in a split second. Must appreciate each day we are given.
    I heard a statement regarding a mother who’s child was killed. The reporter asked her how she felt about the tragedy. The mother said, the worst tragedy would have been if she never lived. I hope the family can hang on to that at some point. I wish a speedy and full recovery to those who are injured.

  25. Danny   April 18, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    The young lady went to Roosevelt Middle School. Very sad

  26. Lajolla52   April 18, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    the people involved in the accident are family of my girl friend from high school. Praying for all of the family

  27. blubberyone   April 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    @ me. Lol….. @ Lee that’s the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. It wouldn’t make any difference because people never drive the speed limit.. Not even the cops, who are supposed to uphold the laws, obey the speed limit.

  28. KA   April 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I was at the scene (on my way home from working in Fallbrook) just minutes after it happened. I saw the girl and her brother in the civic. It was chilling. Nearby neighbors ran to get shovels and sticks to pry the civics door open in preparation for the medics that had not yet arrived. It did make you wonder if he could have been texting or maybe he was trying to pass the car in front as I see many impatient drivers do on mission. My family has always told me Fallbrook roads were extremely dangerous. A friend of mine says she is good friends with the family and that the 20 yr old son is a known "racer" in town and he was in a bad accident in Fallbrook caused by racing just a few months ago. This is heresay. Regardless, its a tradgedy and I pray for the family and young man as they go through this horrific tradgedy.

  29. Lori   April 18, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Kris, Did the girl go to Potter? Coroner released she was a Caucasian girl who was 14 and resided in FB. Any new update on her brother who is in critical condition? I pray for the whole family.

  30. friends   April 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Her name was Dana morofiski and she went to Roosevelt Middle School.

  31. Triston   April 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I was her classmate, we had good memories.

  32. Observant   April 19, 2014 at 12:30 am

    My condolences to the family. To the thread: get a hold of an old fallbrook enterprise newspaper from the 50’s or 60’s. People were getting killed all the time on 76 and 395. It’s amazing how safe our roads are with multiples more peeps on them. I find it fascinating that some people want to lower the speed limit to 25 and even more fascinating that they’re serious. I can’t even imagine synapses connecting in a manner to make that a plausible solution. SCOTTY BEAM ME UP!

  33. former fallbrookian   April 19, 2014 at 6:54 am

    The stretch of S Mission between both Hellers Bends is notorious for accidents..bad ones..fatal ones. So very sad. Maybe officials should take a look at the engineering of the road. But then again, In the past year the majority of the accidents in this area, the drivers were under the age of 25. Who knows….. you can point all the fingers you want, but it will never bring back those who have lost their lives. My prayers go out the the family of the girl.

  34. Preston   April 19, 2014 at 8:08 am

    The dictionary claims that an Accident is:
    "an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm and in any event that happens unexpectedly, without a deliberate plan or cause".

    This article states that the driver of the Honda was traveling at an unknown speed and for unknown reasons, veered to the left and crossed the double yellow line.

    Therefore, unless the "Unknowns" become know, this incident is considered an accident.

    Unfortunately, we all know there is always reason for automobile "accidents" and unless the reason is mechanical or medical, those responsible offend regardless of all the good intentions of the the public or government.

    You can post ridiculously low speed limits, legislate against cell phone use, drinking and driving etc. but unless you stop those that dis-regard save driving practices, "accidents" will continue regardless and will increase as a proportionate rate to the population.

    If we really wanted to curtail accidents we would demand manufactures make it impossible to start a car if intoxicated and require all the other devices (cell phones navigation, etc) are disabled when the engine is running. Then, drastically increase the penalties on the worst offenders (when caught) so that driving is prohibitive.

    Somehow, I doubt most would go along with these drastic measures because guess what, secretly, and for various reasons, most do not want to pay the price to limit distracted driving.

  35. Fallbrook res.   April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

    It is easy to get off track and to lose sight of the real point. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of all involved.

  36. School member   April 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

    That girl Dana she went to my school at roosevelt middle school she wasin my second period history class she was really nice and were all gonna miss her so much

  37. Tappy   April 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

    She was a beautiful young girl and a close friend of our family. Please do not make comments you know nothing about. Its a tragic accident and her brothers life is in jeopardy. Best thing you can do, is to send positive thoughts to this family and to take care of your own.

  38. Friend and school member   April 19, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I was also her friend. Dana I’ll miss u

  39. Roosevelt middle school   April 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    She was one of my best friends I miss her and will always have her in my heart.

  40. KEBG   April 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    My prayers go out to her family and friends. I am so sorry for their loss and hope they can find peace and comfort.

  41. Dana's friend   April 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Her brother was on life support for a while, then died around 5 this morning. I can’t imagine what her parents are going through. On Monday I am going to release balloons for her, would anyone like to join me?

  42. Dee   April 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Does anyone know the name of the 61 year old gentleman that was injured?

    VILLAGE NEWS NOTE: It is highly unlikely that the newspaper will be provided with the ID of the injured (but surviving) individuals. This is due to the privacy acts that have been heavily implemented over the last few years in healthcare. If the family wishes to share the individual’s name, that will be up to them. I would like to caution any friends/family to please make sure they have the patient’s permission first. Thank you. Debbie Ramsey

  43. Joemamma   April 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Lowering speed limits and putting up more lights will only cause congestion. That leads to frustrated drivers who start doing stupid things. If we want safer roads we should push for more drivers education. Did you know that in Germany (home of the autobahn) you have to take a 6 month driving course and pay upwards of $5000 to get a license? I find it ridiculous that the book of driving laws is 3 inches thick but the test to get a license is a 20 question multiple choice test. What ever happened to drivers ed? I remember taking a semester long course and watching countless videos of teens in horrible car wrecks. I remember it leaving quite an impression. People don’t even have a second thought about hopping in their little steel death boxes and heading of to work with a bunch of other little death boxes at close proximity and high speeds.

  44. Greg   April 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Tragic loss. My thoughts go out to the young lady’s family and friends. I’ve only lived in Fallbrook about a year, but the two fatal accidents on Mission and the two on 76 that I know about involved vehicles crossing crossing the center divider and into either oncoming traffic or over the edge of the road. They have all also involved younger drivers. It seems to me like these roads need a barrier in the center to prevent this from happening. And yes, people need to slow down (not to 25!). I get passed up at 65 on 76 by compacts with younger drivers quite often. Cars are much safer now than 30 years ago but only luck is going to save your life when you get broad-sided by another vehicle that is going 50 miles per hour.

  45. HateRudePeople   April 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    So the driver of the civic is my cousin he is the only one that could say what happen, who knows if speed, texting or what was the cause unfortunately he is still in critical condition and u people are over here assuming when u really dont know. He is fighting for his life and his family doesnt appreciate all the rude ignorant comments. And for all the nice comments thank u they are appreciated hoping my cousin will pull thru this. His Mother has had enough sadness of losing one child.

  46. Lee   April 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    @ #8 S fallbrook resident & #21 Fallbrook res

    Thank you for your kind words. Greatly appreciate it!


    Dear Bill, can you help us, please? All of us clearly see all the many accidents that are happening on Fallbrook’s roads. Their reasons are, no doubt, numerous and varied: speeding, texting, bad decisions, you-name-it. But what is also clear is the following:

    Slower speed equals safer traffic. That’s simply common sense.

    Can you PLEASE help us make ALL Fallbrook roads 25MPH? Please? No, some silly study costing a couple of million dollars to accomplish this would not be required. Again, it’s common sense and there is really no need for a study. And, I am MORE than happy to put this matter up for a vote for all Fallbrookers to vote on. I have no problem with that! Here’s my vote:

    Yes, I want EVERY single Fallbrook road to be a no-greater-than 25MPH road.
    Yes, I want numerous signs posting the speed limit posted, say, every quarter mile.

    Also, to offset the installation cost, I propose an all-volunteer Fallbrook crew to install these signs for free. I think this would greatly help! I know that many Fallbrookers would gladly offer a helping hand in improving our beloved Fallbrook and installing these signs! We are, after all, talking about setting 4x4s. It ain’t that hard. We’d show up with our trucks and tools ready to work with and obey supervisors’ instructions. No, nothing would go wrong for those concerned about the usual liability issues, etc. Again, we’re talkin’ . . . installing 4x4s. We’ve all done that.

    I am absolutely certain that these measures would GREATLY reduce the number of accidents on Fallbrook’s increasingly busy roads! Won’t you PLEASE give this some serious consideration and help us make Fallbrook’s roads safer? Thank you very much.


    CHP Officers, can you PLEASE patrol Fallbrook’s roads more often? You know all the usual trouble spots; we know them, too. Heck, you could probably solve CA’s budget crisis by patroling Fallbrook’s roads alone! (Actually, this may be a true statement . . . sadly.) And PLEASE show no mercy with violators: no warning tickets but the real deal right away . . . especially with texters! Also, please feel free to add a zero to the amount of the ticket so that folks ONCE AND FOR ALL get the message! You certainly have my vote on that one!

    Please, CHP, this is a serious matter. Please patrol our roads more aggressively so that drivers once and for all get the message in NO uncertain terms. Thank you very much.

  47. Sosorryforloss   April 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Does anyone have an update on her brother? I know this family and am praying for them. I can. I can not even imagine……

  48. grunt   April 19, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of this; accusations of texting, etc. do no good. Let us mourn with this family and withhold the finger pointing under CHP tells us, if ever, what happened. For all any one knows, he was distracted by a small animal running in his path, swerved to save it.

  49. Quit Making Assumptions   April 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I am a friend of the Family and have been in contact with the grandmother who is my best friend from childhood. You people assuming things are making an ass of yourself. The son is not dead he is in very critical condition. You should be ashamed of yourself posting info when you don’t know the full story. Stop I say, stop the slam dunking and begin to pray for the family and the son. They need encouragement and love and prayers. So before you post I pray you will think twice about what you are going to say. Many young peoples lives are being affected by what you say. I leave this with you, earnestly pray for the son in critical condition and pray for the family. Show some respect please.

  50. Classmate   April 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I went to school with Dana. I didn’t know her well but she was always smiling. She was a TA 7th period in my class and sat right next to me. She was always so sweet. Her brother was the driver and he is on life support. Having school getting out at 3:33 she was probably on her way home. I remember thinking that she was probably sick that’s why she isn’t here, but I found out that wasn’t the case. One day she’s here the next she’s in heaven. Please be careful while driving and please don’t text. #ripdana Forever in our hearts

  51. Pink   April 19, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    My heartfelt prayers are with the family at this time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  52. Evan DeVore   April 20, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Hey draper . I would like one of your paychecks sent to 5534 daybreak ct. Oceanside ca 92057. I know for a fact that my cousins automobile didn’t have anything like that on it. Expecting that money shortly

  53. Hunter   April 20, 2014 at 9:13 am

    The young girl was in my class last year, she was a very good friend. God bless her and her family.

  54. Resident04   April 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Did any of you people who are insisting that he was speeding look at the TIME of the accident. Have you ever driven Mission Road at that time? It is filled with the flatlanders (Temecula people) trying to get home at night and there isn’t usually any way you can speed. There are just too many cars. Whether he was texting or trying to pass, who knows. I doubt either on of those things happened. He was just a young kid that probably wasn’t paying attention the way he should. Leave it alone, stop making up stories. If you were not there, you have no idea what happened. Just pray for the family. This is a horribly tragedy for them. They don’t even have the time to mourn their daughter, because they are fighting for their son’s life. No person on this earth should have to go through this. Your supposition about what he was doing is just plain speculative and rude.

    Lee: 25 miles per hour? I have lived here over 30 years and have watched many, many fatalities on our roads. It is not the speed limit, it is usually driver error or inattention. I think asking for that speed limit is one of the most absurd things I have ever read here. Good grief, just pay attention when you drive buddy.

  55. Roosevelt student   April 21, 2014 at 7:05 am

    RIP Dana we’ll always remember you. I did not know Dana well but I knew that she was a TA and I’ll always remember her as the smile that kept everyone laughing RIP and we send all our hearts to you and out there

  56. Preston   April 21, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I didn’t realize Fallbrook was so high — I am at 700 feet but didn’t realize I could discriminate against those lowly Temecula people — Good to know, because I though you had to live like up in Julian to to that.
    I’ll give you one thing, you have Lee pegged and the fact you are upset about all the speculative comments is admirable so just curious, have you read yours?

  57. Joe Naiman   April 21, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I checked for my article about recertifying the South Mission Road speed limit for radar enforcement; this is the link:


    Because a speed limit enforced by radar must be justified by prevailing speeds, even with a 5 mph reduction for circumstances not apparent to the motorist the lowest the speed limit could be set in order to be enforced by radar would be 45 mph. (Theoretically a 25 mph speed limit could be observed by observation.)

    As for Lee’s "open letter", the CHP is represented on the county’s Traffic Advisory Committee but the county’s Department of Public Works administers the TAC and a true request for a speed limit review should be sent to TAC secretary Kenton Jones. In this forum Lee is welcome not to include his last name or his residence; a request to the TAC (as well as any true open letter) would require that information.

    Hopefully these facts end the discussion about the South Mission Road speed limit so that future comments can console the family.

  58. Dear Bill   April 21, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Dear Bill Horn,
    Please don’t let knee jerk reaction suggestions without knowing the facts reflect poorly on the rest of the residents of Fallbrook. The friendly village has not turned into idiot village.

  59. witnesses may say...   April 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

    What if he was clipped from behind? Stop the blaming.

  60. Hoen   April 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

    RIP Dana’s brother. I just got the saddening phone call that he has passed. It’s a sad day indeed.

  61. Erika   April 21, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Dana was a great friend. She left right after we were starting to become closer. We danced together. She was such an amazing, and funny girl. She will missed. RIP Dana…

  62. nikki   April 21, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I live off mission by fallbrook high and heard all the sirens that day. I grew up in fallbrook and unfortunately I have seen far too many fatalities. Dropping the speed limit seems like the obvious answer but anyone can die at any speed and as we all know our residential speed limits don’t seem to phase anyone. I pray for all families involved. RIP Dana.

  63. Sad Mommy   April 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    As a mother, my heart aches for the parents if Dana and her brother. As a long time claims adjuster, I find it insulting and ridiculous that so many "armchair" adjusters think they know what happened and why. What I can tell you is, that it is still being investigated. Leave your conjectures and opinions out of this. All of the parties involved deserve our compassion and prayers. God Bless. Hoen, I cannot even imagine their parent’s grief, in losing not just their daughter, but also their son. Prayers to all.

  64. tony   April 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Prayers for the family. put up concrete barrier to divide the road.

  65. Resident04   April 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Preston#56 The name "flatlanders" has been around for many years. It has been used that long to describe the people who live in Temecula area. Nothing ill is meant by it. It just describes that people that drive over our little hill to go back and forth to the coast. Nothing negative though. Kind of like calling people from Indiana, "hoosiers". Make more sense now?

  66. Anonymous   April 21, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I went to middle school with her, she was an 8th grader, 14 years-old. Her brother is in critical condition in a hospital. I send my condolences

  67. Preston   April 22, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I have been around awhile — I suspect a while longer than you, regardless, I appreciate the cultural lesson, you have enlightened me.
    By the way, when you stated (in your prior comment) that:
    "He was just a young kid that probably wasn’t paying attention the way he should" —
    That remark, in your comment, is considered speculation.

  68. Family friend   April 22, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Please stop making these hurtful comments her brother has not passed away he is still fighting and making progress every day. He loved his little sister!

  69. Sad   April 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Please do not make hurtful comments on this. I know the family that lost Dana and they are crushed. Speed was not a factor nor texting. The car was not raced out. You do not know the facts so don’t post rubbish and hurtful comments. A mother and father lost their little girl and possibly their son. They are in the worst pain anyone could enter imagine. No matter the circumstances a child was taken from her family way too soon and the parents will forever feel her loss. Please have some compassion for the family they are incredible people and do not deserve these inconsiderate comments.

  70. Dylan   April 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Dana was a sweet girl that went to my school. I am praying for her brother that he is ok and for her parents. The Good Die Young. RIP DANA

  71. resident   April 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Well I guess we don’t need a CHP investigation..Lee and others here have already come to the conclusion it was speed and texting..that caused this accident. you people are dumb. Armchair quarterbacks. Stop judging and let the authorities do their jobs. God bless the families involved in this tragedy.

  72. Lee   April 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    @ #71 resident

    When did I say that (A) I know the cause of this incident and, therefore, (B) know it to be speeding? When? What I am trying to do is make our roads safer believing that a reduction in speed is a GREAT start!

    PS. I’m a bit confused. You say that we must not judge . . . yet you call me and others dumb. Interesting.

  73. Former teacher   April 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I am a fifth grade teacher in encinitas and had a student named Dana Morofski. I am thinking this was my former student. Did Dana live in Encinitas in 5th and 6th grade? As I am thinking this was my student, I just want to say she was one of the sweetest girls I have had as a teacher and My heart goes out to her friends and family.

  74. grunt   April 23, 2014 at 7:05 am

    @Lee – finally a statement you made I can fully agree with LEE:"I am a bit confused".

  75. Fallbrook Mom   April 23, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Our hearts and prayers go out to this family in this terrible time of tragedy. Both my girls danced with Dana at CAST in Fallbrook. All the young dancers gathered last night during class to remember Dana and pray for her family.

    The entire family at CAST remembers Dana as a funny and bright girl who was always smiling and laughing. Although they are all glad they got a chance to know her, they are all devastated by this tragedy and thinking of her family. They will be dancing in her memory next month at their recital and expressing their feelings through their song and dance in a special tribute to her at the recital. It is a very sad time for all. Please remember the family and what they must be going through. No family should have to endure this.

  76. ABC   April 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Lee says " I’m a bit confused. Hey Lee, tell us something that we don’t already know.

  77. Classmate   April 24, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Danna was a T.A. in my class and she just moved in like February god bless them both she was driving back from school we go to Roosevelt middle school in vista district

  78. DR DR   April 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    All comments written here are not to slander or accuse anyone of anything. There are articles weekly about accidents. Preston described accidents.

    We are simply stating the facts for other drivers. IF JUST ONE PERSON stops texting or speeding due to seeing this article or knowing Dana, then it has helped one person, even if that was not the cause of the accident.

    My greatest sympathy and thoughts are with her family and brother. I can’t imagine what they are going through – but maybe, just maybe, one person will take heed as they drive.

  79. Fam friend   April 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

    To Encinitas teacher, Yes Dana attended elementary school in Encinitas

  80. Friend   June 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Dana went to my school and was a close friend 🙁

  81. Kaylee   July 10, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Rip dana. Such an amazing BFF. Love u bby girl. Heaven truly has a new angel

  82. ...   July 24, 2014 at 1:59 am

    I was one of her best friends. We shared a lot of amazing memories that will never fade. She was really smart, talented and she truly was beautiful. I couldn’t believe how amazing her eyes were. Not one day has gone by that I haven’t thought of her. Our group have made shirts and now we wear them every 17th of every month. She has made a big impact on all of us. Heaven has truly gained another angel.

  83. Vanessa Neitzel   September 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Plz remember Dana for who’s she was and what she always be in our hearts….her brother is out of the hospital now I believe Sean her cousin he’s says he okay and well thank u lord but why take her she was so young plz keep her safe lord

  84. G-Dad Tom Morofski   December 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Our family is to this day devastated by the horrible accident of April 17 on Mission in Fallbrook. But we are all heartened and appreciative of all the kind words and beautiful remembrences of our Dear Dana. Classmates, THANK YOU. Teachers, THANK YOU. Roosevelt Middle School staff, THANK YOU. CAST Mission Theatre dancers and dance instructors, THANK YOU. Friends and aquaintences, THANK YOU … and … may God bless you each and your loves ones. Your thoughts and especially your prayers mean more to us than words can possibly express here.
    Please know that Dana’s brother Erik Noreen is indeed home from six monthes in hospitals and continues rehab for his massive injuries. Paryers answered here by our Lord’s grace and mercy. Erik is in good spirits and smiles often as he strives to regain his ability to do nornmal things such as walking and caring for himself. He has worked hard everyday in rehab and his progress is well ahead of schedule. THANK YOU for your prayers for Erik, his family, friends and aquaintences.

  85. Bruce McEwen   June 28, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    As the maternal grandfather of the two victims of this tragedy I have absorbed the above comments with more concern than most. At the time I was quick to guess a young man picking up his sister after school might have led to some texting-type shenanigans in the car on the way home. I’ve seen it often enough, myself. But there was always something suspicious about the car “losing control’ I couldn’t buy. Dismiss me as a nutty CSI type, but I work in real courtrooms, and hear real cases, and therefore I have an idea of what people are actually capable of. And a common theme is hurting others to revenge oneself on somebody, like a newspaper reporter, for putting your name and face in the paper — not for an ad, either. At the time of the “accident” I had just filed some very unflattering stories about some fellows who were about 61 years old. Shortly after, I hear my grandkids have been in a fatal accident involving two 61-year-old men. These guys both know that a bullet would only be a favor to me. But they wanna hurt me, these guys, make me learn: Don’t mess around. Anyway, as the editor says, she can’t release those names. And I could be wrong about these two thugs — hell, I’ve got other enemies, besides them; lots of ’em about 61… now that I think of it.


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